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February 24: Work Your Proper Hours Day

Feb 24 is Work Your Proper Hours Day. This date is when the average worker in the UK who does unpaid overtime finishes the unpaid days they do every year and starts working for themselves. 

Close the Gap newsround (12)

This week's newsround includes articles on occupational segregation and gender stereotyping.

Close the Gap newsround (10)

This weeks newsround includes articles from The Scotsman, the Guardian and others. Topics include occupational segregation, gender stereotyping and equal pay.

Close the Gap newsround (9)

This weeks newsround includes articles from the Herald, The Guardian and others. Topics include occupational segregation, gender stereotyping and equal pay.

Record four female directors at Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival is underway and this year there are four female directors in the running for the Palme d'Or . Last year there were none.

Skills shortages in Scotland's energy sector.

Scottish Power have warned of skills shortages facing Scotland's energy sector. They have estimated that 80% of its engineers are due to retire in the next 20 years.

Lord Davies Review: Women on Boards

Emma Ritch from Close the Gap has provided some comments on Lord Davies Review on Women on Boards published today, 24 February 2011. The comments are summarised below.

Economics of Occupational Segregation: a free one-day course.

Occupational segregation, when women and men are clustered into certain occupations, is a significant cause of the gender pay gap in Scotland. Public sector bodies in Scotland have a duty to take action on occupational segregation as part of their work to bring about equal pay. Occupational segregation is one of two gender priorities identified by Scottish Ministers as part of the gender duty on the public sector. It is also recognised to be a barrier to economic productivity.

Jobs for the boys...and girls?

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional Committee of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. CSW charts progress of states to deliver on the Beijing Platform of Action on women’s equality, agreed at the 4th World Conference on Women.

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